Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017)

KIYOSHI KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Japan, 2017.  Django Film, Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka, based on the play by Tomohiro Maekawa.  Cinematography by Akiko Ashizawa.  Music by Yûsuke Hayashi.  Film Editing by Kôichi Takahashi.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.   Three aliens come to Earth and take over human bodies, sent here on a scouting mission to get to … More Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017)

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Story Of A Prostitute (Comfort Women) (Joy Girls) (Shunpu Den)

BBBB (out of 5) Seijun Suzuki combines the worst tragedies of war with its most absurd realities. Harumi is a fallen woman who was rejected by the man she loved, so she travels to Manchuria to work at a brothel that the Japanese regiment has set up for its men. She and a group of girls … More Story Of A Prostitute (Comfort Women) (Joy Girls) (Shunpu Den)

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The Burmese Harp (Harp Of Burma) (Biruma No Tategoto)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Japanese soldiers fighting in World War II meet a tragic defeat on a mountain fortress in this beautifully lyrical drama by Kon Ichikawa. After the war ends, a spiritually hungry young man joins an order of Buddhist monks and treks back to the place where the unfortunate incident took place. Dreamy … More The Burmese Harp (Harp Of Burma) (Biruma No Tategoto)

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The Pornographers (The Amorists) (Erogotshi-Tachi Yori: Jinruigaku Nyumon)

BBBB (out of 5) Perversely witty film by Shohei Imamura, about a man who makes pornographic films in an effort to support his girlfriend/landlady and her two children. His work finds him skirting the wrong end of the law, which is often a problem, plus he has a fixation on his girlfriend’s mealy-mouthed daughter while … More The Pornographers (The Amorists) (Erogotshi-Tachi Yori: Jinruigaku Nyumon)

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Exiles (Exils)

BBBB (out of 5) Lovers Romain Duris and Lubna Azabal are French citizens who emigrated from Algeria as children under negative circumstances. In an effort to reclaim their memories and put back together the pieces of their fractured childhoods, they decide to make a trip to their homeland. Packing only a bag and travelling by foot, they … More Exiles (Exils)

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